Jul 02 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on ‘All-Corporate Lobbyist’ Alert

Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it

Obama signing Fast Track (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Jensen talked to Neal Carruth, a senior editor on NPR’s business desk, who said that had the piece by Yuki Noguchi been longer, it “could have devoted more space to the opposition’s views regarding the business community’s win.” But, he said, “the piece did not ignore the opposition.”

Jun 27 2015

ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

Anti-fast track protest (photo: Public Citizen)

Three corporate lobbyists were all the voices National Public Radio chose to air on the victory of fast-track–ignoring the literally thousands of labor, environmental and other public interest groups that strenuously opposed giving Obama special authority to negotiate trade deals.

Jun 19 2015

Kevin Zeese on Fast Track Activism, Wenonah Hauter on Fracking Study

Stop the TPP (photo: John Zangas)

It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership; public interest activism is the missing piece in much top-down media coverage. Plus: To hear media tell it, the EPA found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said?

Jun 18 2015

David Brooks Declares War on ‘Democratic Tea Party’–Unarmed With Facts

GDP growth in US and Mexico since NAFTA

The New York Times pundit pulled out all the stops, using his column to yell at “Tea Party” Democrats for not supporting the fast-track authority that would facilitate passage of the TPP.

Jun 16 2015

Scapegoating Labor for Fast Track’s Defeat

Anti-TPP rally, New Zealand (cc photo: Neil Ballantyne/Wikimedia)

Virtually every organized Democratic constituency made it clear that defeating fast track was a top priority. Yet all these movements tended to drop out of establishment media accounts of the fast track fight, leaving labor as the lone opponent.

Jun 11 2015

‘Say Anything’ Time to Pass Fast Track

George Washington in snow, Union Square, NYC (cc photo: Jim Naureckas)

TPP supporters claim that over 10 years, the trade pact could increase US GDP by as much as half as much as it was decreased by last winter’s snowy weather. That’s probably overly optimistic.

Apr 27 2015

NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics

Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz (cc photos: Prolineserver, Raimond Spekking)

You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.

Nov 14 2014

Lori Wallach on TPP, Ari Berman on Voting Rights

TPP-protest

This week on CounterSpin: Bipartisanship and free trade are two of corporate media’s favorite things, so when the Washington Post editorial expressed the post midterm media consensus–“Now that Republicans have gained control of Congress, no policy area is riper for bipartisan action than trade”–you can believe they were happy to do it. But should we be happy? And is it even true? We’ll hear from Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Also this week: Republicans have been hard at work for the past few years restricting the right to vote. Did their work pay off in the midterms? We’ll speak to reporter Ari Berman of The Nation, who recently wrote that “it’s become easier to buy an election and harder to vote in one.”